CA Legislation Affecting Election Administration

2009-2010 Session of the California Legislature

The following is a list of bills affect election management, which were introduced in the 2009-2010 Legislative Session. A considerable number of bills were introduced in late February 2009, and many others in January and February 2010.

To see the status, history or text of any bill listed below go to http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html. The default session should be '(2009-2010)Current,' chose the appropriate house (Assembly for AB or ACA and Senate for SB) and then enter the bill number and click on 'search.'

Below it is noted in bold when a bill was enacted or vetoed. For veto messages click on the link in each vetoed bill. Other status updates are unbolded and follow the bill description. Bills that are no longer election-related are in gray.

2010 update: The regular session of the 2009-2010 Legislature adjourned on September 12, 2009, reconvened on January 4, 2010, and then adjourned finally on August 31, 2010. Some bills that were not passed in 2009, were taken up again in 2010, and some were amended and were no longer election-related bills. There were many additions to this list since 2009: some election-related bills were introduced in 2010, and others were created by putting election-related language into non-election-related bills that had been introduced in 2009. The Governor had until September 30, 2010 to sign or veto bills that had passed both chambers.

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Bills Regarding Voter Registration

SB 1233 - Confidential Address Programs
Deletes the sunset clause from provisions that establish 1) the “Address Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence and Stalking” program and 2) the “Address Confidentiality for Reproductive Health Care Services Providers, Employees, Volunteers and Patients”program and 3) from provisions that provide voter registration confidentiality for participants of these programs. (Chapter 326, 2010 Statutes, September 27, 2010)

AB 30 - Pre-Voter Registration: 17 Years Old
- 17 year old may submit affidavit of registration to be automatically registered when he/she will be 18 at the next election. Bill would be effective only after state has HAVA-compliant voter registration database (Chapter 364, 2009 Statutes, October 11, 2009)

ACA 2 - Pre-Voter Registration: 17 Years Old - 17 year olds may register and vote in primary election if will be 18 during subsequent general election (in Assembly third reading file at end of 2009-2010 session)

SB 1140 - One-stop Voting (Election Day Registration)
Provides for the establishment of one stop voting sites where a person may
register and vote on election day or any day prior to the election during which
ballots are cast, upon proof of identity and current residence. Prescribes the
provisions governing one stop voting. (Introduced Feb 18, 2010, passed Senate, in Assembly Appropriations at end of 2009-2010 session)

SB 1434 - Voter Registration: Rebuttable Presumptions
Provides that if an affiant fails to identify his or her place of birth on an affidavit of voter registration, the county elections official shall apply a rebuttable presumption that the affiant is eligible to register to vote if the box on the affidavit of registration is marked, executed under penalty of perjury, that the affiant is a citizen of the United States. Also would permit the county elections official, if required information is missing from an affidavit of registration and if an email address is provided on the affidavit, to contact the affiant by email rather than telephone. Vetoed by Governor August 23, 2010. [veto message]

AB 1531 - One-stop Voting (Election Day Registration)
Provides for the establishment of one stop voting sites where a person may register and vote on election day or any day prior to the election during which ballots are cast, upon proof of identity and current residence. Prescribes the provisions governing one stop voting. (Passed Assembly in 2009, in Senate Appropriations at end of 2009-2010 session)

AB 106 - Automatic Voter Registration - Applicants for a CA driver's license, instruction permit, junior permit or identification card and those who file state tax returns can complete a voter registration form on the application or tax return. Individuals can also not complete the voter registration part of the document and/or indicate they do not want to be registered. If the person will not yet be 18 at the next election, he or she would be automatically registered to vote at 18. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

AB 1308 - Registration prohibited for convicted felons on probation -Current law prohibits being registered to vote for convicted felons who are incarcerated or on parole, and this would add probation to those circumstances. It would also require elections officials to cancel the affidavit of registration of those persons. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

SB 631 - Registration prohibited for convicted felons on probation - Current law prohibits being registered to vote for convicted felons who are incarcerated or on parole, and this would add probation to those circumstances. It would also require, as of January 1, 2011, require elections officials to cancel a person' s voter registration upon notice from the court of the conviction of a felony. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

AB 1326 - Voter Registration: Third Party Handling
Authorizes a qualified elector (or if requested in writing by elector, the county elections official on behalf of the elector) who is not registered but claims to have completed and deposited an affidavit of registration with a third party with the intent that it be timely delivered to the county elections official to bring action in the superior court to compel his or her registration. This action is already allowed for electors who claim to have been registered to vote through the DMV or other agency pursuant to the NVRA. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message] (Jan 14, 2010 - Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.)

SB 172 - Voter Registration: Extends time before a registration is cancelled
Current law provides that a county elections official may cancel the voter registration of a voter who fails to respond to a confirmation mailing or an address verification mailing and who does not vote at any election between the date of the mailing and two federal general elections after the date of that mailing. This bill would allow the cancellation if there is not voting between the date of that mailing and four presidential elections after the date of that mailing. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message], to Senate 'unfinished business' (Jan 19, 2010 - Stricken from Senate file.)

AB 742- Felony Conviction Statements
Clarifies provisions relating to the cancellation of voter registration for a felony conviction. Specifies that the court clerk's statement must include only those convicted felons who have been sentenced to prison. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message] (Jan 14, 2010 - Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.)

 

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Bills Regarding Petition Signatures


AB 1134 - Petitions: Withdrawal Of Signature
Provides that a voter's written request to withdraw his or her signature from a petition is not a petition or paper requiring a declaration of circulator. (Chapter 510, 2009 Statutes, October 11, 2009)

SB 34 - Compensation for Signatures on Petitions
Misdemeanor to pay or receive compensation based on the number of signatures obtained on a state and local initiative, referendum or recall petition. Prescribes penalties for doing so. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message], to Senate 'unfinished business.'

AB 6 - Initiatives: Paid Circulators
Requires 1) a professional petition firm, as defined, that pays individuals to circulate petitions and gather signatures for state and local ballot measures to register annually with the Secretary of State (SOS) and pay a registration fee established by the SOS, 2) that money collected from the fees shall be used by the SOS to maintain a directory of professional petition firms on its Internet Web site and 3) that a member of the firm review and brief petition circulators on the law as a condition of hiring. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message]

AB 1068 - Petitions: Signature Gathering Contracts
Prohibits contracts for circulating petitions and gathering signatures for state measures that make payment contingent upon the measure qualifying for the ballot. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message]

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Bills Regarding Candidacy 

AB 1572 - Candidate Statements - Candidates for Local Nonpartisan Elected Office
Shifts the authority to bill the additional actual expenses and the obligation to refund any overpayment for a candidate statement from the elections official to the local agency that produced the estimated cost and makes other non-substantive changes to election code provisions. (Chapter 547, 2009 Statutes, October 11, 2009)

AB 1335 - Write-In Candidates For Judicial Office
Requires that a write-in candidate for the office of superior court judge include on the statement of write-in candidacy his or her compliance with certain eligibility provisions for a judge of a court of record. Vetoed by Governor September 30, 2010 [veto message]

SB 288 - Elections: Names of Candidates
Requires that if a jurisdiction provides a translation of the candidates' alphabet-based names into a character-based language, such as Mandarin, Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese, or Korean, phonetic transliterations of the alphabet-based names of candidates be provided. Provides an exception for a candidate who has a character-based name by birth or has verifiably been known by a character-base name for at least two years which permits them to use that name instead of a phonetic transliteration. Requires that a process be established, by which specified candidates may appeal the translation of his or her alphabet-based name, in addition to procedures available under current law. This bill would require that, if a jurisdiction provides separate ballots containing translations of the candidates' names in different languages, both the alphabet-based names and the translations of the candidates' names appear on the translated ballot. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message]

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Bills Regarding State Ballot Measures

AB 306 - State Ballot Pamphlets
Requires the Secretary of State (SOS) to establish a process to allow voters to opt out of receiving the state ballot pamphlet by mail. This process shall become effective only after the SOS certifies that the state has a statewide voter registration database that complies with HAVA. Provides that the process shall not apply where two or more registered voters have the same postal address unless each of those voters sharing the same address has chosen to discontinue receiving the ballot pamphlet by mail. (Chapter 98, 2009 Statutes, August 6, 2009)

AB 753 - State Measures: Ballot Titles and Labels
Revises the provisions relating to the duties of the Attorney General and Secretary of State regarding ballot measures and the regulations and time requirements for proponents of a ballot measure. (Chapter 373, 2009 Statutes, October 11, 2009)

ACA 14 - Initiatives Measures: Placement on Ballot
Limits the number of initiative measure that the Secretary of State may place on each statewide election ballot prioritized according to the date of qualification. Prohibits qualified initiative measures not placed on the statewide election ballot from being placed on the ballot at a subsequent election. Allows a new initiative measure containing the same or a similar proposal to qualify for a subsequent election ballot. (remains in first committee since June 24, 2009)

ACA 26 - Initiative: Vote Requirements
Provides that a proposed initiative statute that authorizes the Legislature to amend the initiative statute without voter approval by the electors may become effective only if approved by the electors by no less than the same percentage of the vote as would be required by the language in that proposed initiative statute for the Legislature to amend it without voter approval. (Introduced September 3, 2009, no action during 2009-2010 session)

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Bills Regarding Vote-by-Mail

AB 1681 - All-Mailed Ballot Elections: Yolo County
Authorizes a pilot program in Yolo County that would allow elections, other than statewide primary or general elections or special elections to fill a vacancy in a state office, the Legislature, or Congress, to be conducted as all mailed ballot elections under specified conditions. Effective until December 31, 2014. Vetoed by Governor September 30, 2010 [veto message]

AB 1340 - Extension of vote-by-mail deadline for Special Absentee Voters
Requires a county elections official to count the ballot of a 'special absentee voter' (voter residing in the county who is overseas temporarily or a member of (or family of member of) the uniformed services) when the ballot is postmarked on or before Election Day and received on or before the 6th day following the Election. (Note: this was originally a 10 day extension, amended to 5 days, and then amended to a 6 day extension.) The bill also requires counties to report (not later than 30 days after the certification of each election) to the Secretary of State (SOS) information regarding special absentee ballots, including the number of applications for special absentee ballots, the number of special absentee ballots delivered, and the number of special absentee ballots received before and after election day; then, not later than 60 days after the certification of the election, the SOS must compile the information received and report to the appropriate policy committees of each house of the Legislature. (Passed Assembly. In Senate Committee on Appropriations from August 17, 2009 through end of 2009-2010 session. Senate Appropriations analysis in August 2010 )

SB 817 - Special Absentee Voters
Revises the term 'special absentee voters' (referring to those in uniformed services or temporarily overseas) to 'special vote by mail voters,' to conform with the rest of the election code. (Changed to a non-election related bill on August 20, 2010)

AB 308 - Special Runoff Ballot for Uniformed and Overseas Voters - Requires local elections officials to prepare a special runoff ballot for each primary, special or general election to allow votes of special absentee voters, including military personnel who are temporarily living outside of the United States to be counted if there is a runoff election for any of the offices in that election. The completed special runoff ballot must be received by the elections official by the close of polls on election day. (Passed Assembly and in Senate Committee on Appropriations as of end of 2009. Changed to a non-election related bill on June 9, 2010)

AB 787 - Vote By Mail Voter's Ballots: Postage
Requires that the elections official provide a notification to the voter of how many first-class stamps or equivalent postage is required if it is determined that more than one first-class stamp is required to return the vote by mail voter's ballot.
(Changed to a non-election related bill on February 9, 2010)

AB 1519 - Vote By Mail Ballot Postage
Requires an elections official to provide to a qualified vote by mail applicant a business reply envelope in which to return the completed voted ballot. Provides for the establishment of a fund whereby moneys appropriated to the General Fund for purposes of these provisions shall be used to provide business envelopes in which to return the voted ballots. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

AB 467 - Vote-by-Mail Precincts and Voter Notification of Poll Change
Specifies that an elections official sending a vote by mail ballot along with a statement that there will be no polling place for that voter in the election must also include a statement explaining why there will be no polling place for that voter in the election and instructions on timely submitting a vote by mail ballot. An elections official changing the location of a polling place must mail notice of the change to each voter in the precinct not less than 7 days prior to the election. If a change in the polling place is not known in sufficient time to permit a mailing, the bill would specify that the new polling place be within the boundaries of the precinct. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

SB 582 - Extension of vote-by-mail deadline for Absent Military Voters - Vote-by-mail ballot of absent uniformed services voters must be postmarked or signed and dated by Election Day and arrive at the local election office no later than 21 days after Election Day. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

AB 1424 - Vote By Mail Identification Envelope
Requires that the vote by mail identification envelope include the last four digits of the voters' drivers license/identification card number or social security number and a security flap/sleeve to conceal the voter's signature and identifying information during mailing. Requires the elections official to verify that the signature of the voter and identifying information match those on other state on federal records for that voter. If it is not a match the envelope shall not be opened and the ballot shall not be counted, and shall write the cause for rejection on the face of the identification envelope. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

AB 84 - Free Access to Information About Disposition of Vote-by-Mail Ballot - Requires local election officials to establish a free access system by which a VBM voter can find out whether his/her ballot was counted, and if not, the reason why it was not counted. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message]

AB 101 - Notice with Vote-by-Mail Ballot Re Deadline To Return Ballot - Ballot must be sent to voter with a notice explaining that the voted ballot must be received by county election officials before the polls close on Election Day in order to be counted, and that an envelope postmarked by the day of the election is not sufficient. However, the requirement shall apply only after the county has exhausted all identification envelopes that were in its possession prior to January 1, 2010. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message]

AB 1228 - All-Mailed Ballot Elections: Yolo and Santa Clara Counties
Authorizes a pilot program in Yolo and Santa Clara Counties that would allow elections, other than a statewide primary or general election or a special election to fill a vacancy in a state office, the Legislature, or Congress, to be conducted as an all-mailed ballot election. At least one accessible polling place in each city would be open to receive voted ballots for two weeks before the election through Election Day. Effective until December 31, 2016. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message]

AB 1271 - Vote By Mail: Designated Representatives
Authorizes any person to be designated in writing by a voter to receive or return the voter's vote by mail ballot and deletes the requirement that the voter be physically unable to return the ballot in order to make such a designation. Prohibits an authorized representative from being a candidate or the spouse of a candidate, or a paid or volunteer worker of a committee, political party or organization as specified. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message]

AB 1367 - Extension of vote-by-mail deadline for Special Absentee Voters
Requires that the vote by mail ballot of a member of a special absentee voter temporarily living outside the U.S. be postmarked or signed and dated on or before election day and received by the voter's election official no later than 21 days after the election. (Failed in Assembly Committee on Appropriations, May 2009)

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Voting Equipment and Supplies



AB 330 - Notice of Voting Equipment Preparation Activities - At least 5-day public notice of the time and place of the preparation, operation, programming and testing of vote tabulating devices Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message]

SB 541 - Regulation of ballot card manufacturers and voting systems vendors
- SOS would adopt regulations pertaining to ballot card manufacturing standards, inspect (biennially) facilities where ballot cards are made, and require disclosure of defects in manufacturing process that could affect casting or tallying of votes and disclosure by vendors of known or discovered defects in voting systems. SOS must report disclosures to the US Election Assistance Commission. SOS may seek relief for known but undisclosed defects. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message]

AB 971 - Voting System: Design Standards
Expresses the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation requiring the Secretary of State to develop precise standards for the design of a voting system, including specified standards and specifications. (no first hearing, died February 2, 2010)

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Bills Regarding Precincts

SB 1342 - Election Precincts
Authorizes a local elections official to subtract permanent vote by mail voters (PVBM'S) when determining the total number of voters in an election precinct, as specified. (Chapter 111, 2010 Statutes, July 15, 2010)

AB 1096 - Precinct Maps
Requires elections officials to prepare precinct maps each year and authorizes them to prepare exterior descriptions of precincts. The bill would require information on current precinct boundaries and consolidations and changes to precinct boundaries and consolidations made within the current and two preceding calendar years to be compiled for each election and made available in both print and electronic format to any person upon request. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message]

AB 624 - Election Precincts: Subtract PVBM's
Authorizes a local elections official to subtract permanent vote by mail voters (PVBM'S) when determining the total number of voters in an election precinct, as specified. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

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Bills Regarding Election Day and Polling Place Issues

AB 1440 - State Of Emergency : Voting
Requires a county elections official to issue a provisional ballot, upon demand, to specified types of emergency workers, when the Governor has declared a state of emergency and issued an executive order authorizing specified types of emergency workers to cast a ballot outside of their home precincts. The provisional ballot may be identical to the provisional ballots offered to other voters in the county. The elections official shall transmit for processing any ballot cast, including any materials necessary to process the ballot, to the elections official in the county where the voter is registered to vote. To be counted the ballot must be cast by the voter by the close of polls on election day and received by the county election official where the voter is registered on or before the 10th day following the date of the election. (Chapter 395, 2009 Statutes, October 11, 2009)

AB 269 - Election Observers
Makes it a misdemeanor for a member of the public observing the processing of vote by mail ballots, the official canvass, or a recount to willfully engage in certain conduct, as specified, in order to ascertain the voter's identity or the voter's ballot choices. (Chapter 94, 2009 Statutes, August 6, 2009)

AB 1337 - Electioneering
Adds a reference that defines electioneering to the provisions prohibiting specific activities within 100 feet of a polling place or an elections official's office. (Chapter 146, 2009 Statutes, August 6, 2009)

AB 2371 - Secretary of State: Alleged Violation of Elections Code
When a person makes a written complaint to Secretary of State alleging a violation of the Elections Code within his or her county, the Secretary of State must acknowledge, in writing, receipt of the complaint to the person who made the complaint, within 21 days of its receipt. (Bill was amended - originally about a voter registration fraud complaint by a county registrar of voters.)Vetoed by Governor on August 23, 2010 [veto message]

AB 257 - Election Irregularities Report
Requires the Secretary of State (SOS) to establish a uniform report format that elections officials would use to document election incidents and voting irregularities that occur during a regularly scheduled statewide election. The report submitted by election officials shall be made publicly available on the SOS website. (Passed Assembly in 2009. In Senate Committee on Appropriations from July 2009 to end of 2009-2010 session)

AB 909 - Primary Election Ballots: Nonpartisan Voters
Requires that a member of the precinct board provide written notification to a voter who has declined to state a party that he or she may request a ballot of a political party that has authorized a voter not registered with that party or a nonpartisan ballot. Requires the notification to list each political party that has authorized a voter not registered with that party to vote the ballot of that party.
(Changed to a non-election related bill on May 27, 2010)

AB 441 - Polling Places: Prohibited Activities
Prohibits a person from soliciting a donation or engaging in commercial activity, as defined, within 100 feet of a polling place or an elections official's office when a voter may be casting a ballot.
(Changed to a non-election related bill on March 4, 2010)

AB 686 - Voting Booth: Time Limit
Repeals provisions that limit a voter to 5 minutes in a voting booth or compartment while marking his or her ballot. Allows a voter to remain in the voting booth no longer than 10 minutes. However if a voter informs a precinct board member that he/she requires additional time to mark their ballot, a longer period shall be allowed. Vetoed by Governor October 11, 2009 [veto message]

SB 387 - Ballots: Identifying Information
Prohibits a voter from placing personal information upon a ballot that identifies the voter; however if there is personal information on the ballot it does not become 'invalid.' Deletes the requirements that a ballot marked in a manner so as to identify the voter is void and instead requires a ballot that contains personal information to be segregated in a specified manner and requires that a duplicate ballot be prepared. (passed both houses and 'enrolled' on July 27, 2009, Vetoed by Governor August 5, 2009 [veto message]

SB 465 - Photo ID required at Polls
A photo ID is required to receive a regular ballot at the polls; a voter unable or unwilling to present a photo ID at the polls is provided with a provisional ballot and has 5 business days to provide ID to county registrar. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

AB 1356 - Photo ID required at Polls

A photo ID is required to receive a regular ballot at the polls; a voter unable or unwilling to present a photo ID at the polls is provided with a provisional ballot after completing an affidavit under penalty of perjury that he or she is a registered voter. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to waive the fee for an identification card requested for satisfying the voter identification requirement. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

AB 895 - Primary Election Ballots: Nonpartisan Voters
Enacts the Elections Reform Act of 2009 which would require 1) an election official to provide a sufficient number of ballots of each qualified political party in each precinct to reasonably meet the needs of the voters not registered intending to affiliate with one of the parties and 2) the precinct board to provide a written notice to those voters at a primary election that identifies those ballots that the voter is eligible to cast at that election. Requires that the notice provided to the voter be translated into a language other than English. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

AB 780 - Statewide Elections: Failsafe Ballots
Provides specified requirements to permit a voter who is unexpectedly away from his or her voting precinct on election day to vote a failsafe ballot for any statewide office or state measure at a county or precinct other than where the voter is registered to vote. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

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Bills Regarding Post Election Canvass and Audits


SB 740 - Provisional Ballots - Requires that unsigned provisional ballots be rejected and that voted provisional ballots and envelopes be retained (as are other ballots) for six months for state and local elections and 22 months for federal elections. (Chapter 611, 2009 Statutes, October 11, 2009)

AB 1490 - Elections: Results
Requires the elections official to report election results to the Secretary of State within 31 days and the results of presidential elections within 28 days, of the election. (Chapter 149, 2009 Statutes, August 6, 2009)

AB 1525 - Election Recounts
Allows a voter to request a recount in an election conducted in more than one county, but not statewide, within 5 days beginning on the 29th day after the election. (Chapter 541, 2009 Statutes, October 11, 2009)

AB 21 - Post-canvass Audits
Requires an elections official, after an election, to calculate the margin of victory for each contest on the ballot at the election. Also requires that if the margin of victory is less than a specified percentage, the official to conduct a public manual tally for a specified percentage of precincts. Provides the formula for the official to report any variances between the results of the machine tally and post-canvass audit.
(Changed to this election-related bill on 9-4-09 and then to a non-election related bill on 9-12-09)

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Bills Regarding Primary Elections

SCA 4 - Elections: Top Two Primary Initiative - THIS is Proposition 14 on the June 8, 2010 ballot!
Proposes to the voters the 'Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act' which would provide for a voter-nominated primary election to select the candidates for congressional and state elective offices in California . Specifies that all voters may vote at the voter nominated primary election for those candidates without regard to political party preference. Provides that a candidate may choose to have his or her party preference indicated on the ballot. Provides the two candidates with the two highest vote totals for each office will compete for the office at the ensuing general election. (Resolution Chapter 2, 2009 Statutes, February 19, 2009)

SB 6 - Elections: Top Two Primary
To be operative only if SCA 4 is approved by the voters. Permits a voter, at the time of registration, to choose whether or not to disclose a party preference. Provides a voter may vote for the candidate of his or her choosing in the primary election. Provides for a voter-nominated primary election for state elective office and congressional office in which the voter may vote for any candidate for congressional or state elective office without regard to the political party. Requires the two candidates with the highest vote totals compete at the general election. (Chapter 1, 2009 Statutes, February 20, 2009).

ACA 6 - Primary Election - 'Voter Choice Act' - In primary, voter chooses one from all candidates for a state level office, regardless of candidate's or voter's party. Candidate with majority of votes is winner. If no candidate receive a majority of votes, two candidates with highest number of votes run at the general election. (Changed to a non-election related bill on 4-20-09)

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Bills Regarding Different Election Types


AB 419 - Local Government Elections - Requires the board of supervisors or the city council, to take action, to order and place an item on the ballot, within 45 days of notification by a local agency formation commission that it has made a decision that will require an election. Requires the elections official to place the item on the ballot at the next regular election if the board of supervisors or the city council fails to take action within the specified time period. Becomes effective January 1, 2011. (Chapter 35, 2010 Statutes, July 6, 2010)

AB 1121 - Ranked Voting
Authorizes the Secretary of State to approve not more than 12 cities or counties to conduct a local election using ranked voting if specified conditions are met. Requires local election officials to make certain reports relating to ranked voting elections. Also requires those cities and counties to report on the success of conducting those elections to the Legislative Analyst who shall then make a report to the Legislature. Unless extended by statute, provisions would be repealed January 1, 2019. Cities and counties previously authorized to conduct ranked voting elections shall be allowed to operate until January 1, 2024. (Passed Assembly. Failed passage in Senate on September 10, 2009)

SB 321 - Local Government: Assessment And Fee Ballots
For elections relating to assessments, fees and charges to property owners, this bill would prescribe requirements relating to the ballot envelope, the tabulation of ballots, and the preservation of ballots to the public as disclosable public records. (Chapter 580, 2009 Statutes, October 11, 2009)

AB 1574 - Local measures and local elections
Deletes the requirement that a member of the board of supervisors be authorized by the board to submit an argument for or against a county measure. Clarifies that the 14-day filing deadline to submit arguments for a city measure does not apply when the election is a consolidated election. Revises provisions governing the nomination period for municipal elections to specify the deadline to the close of normal business hours as posted. (Chapter 549, 2009 Statutes, October 11, 2009)


AB 11 (3rd Ex. Session)- Statewide special election to be held on May 19, 2009.

The bill would place 5 measures before the voters at that election, including (1) a legislative constitutional amendment relating to budget reform, (2) a legislative constitutional amendment relating to education finance, (3) a legislative measure relating to the California State Lottery, (4) a legislative measure relating to Proposition 10 approved by the voters at the November 3, 1998, statewide general election, and (5) a legislative measure relating to Proposition 63 approved by the voters at the November 2, 2004, statewide general election. This bill would further set forth language to be used for the ballot labels and the ballot titles and summaries for those measures. In addition, this bill would waive certain statutory deadlines for placement of those measures before the voters at the May 19, 2009, statewide special election, and would specify that the ballot label public examination period be limited to 8 days. (Chapter 6, Statutes of 2009-10, Third Extraordinary Session, February 20, 2009)

SB 19 (3rd Ex. Session) - Statewide special election to be held on May 19, 2009.

The bill would place 6 measures before the voters at that election, including (1) a legislative constitutional amendment relating to budget reform, (2) a legislative constitutional amendment relating to education finance, (3) a legislative measure relating to the California State Lottery, (4) a legislative measure relating to Proposition 10 approved by the voters at the November 3, 1998, statewide general election, (5) a legislative measure relating to Proposition 63 approved by the voters at the November 2, 2004, statewide general election, and (6) a legislative constitutional amendment relating to the pay of state officers in the event there is an operating deficit in the state budget. Also: Top Two Primary Option submitted to voters on June 8, 2010 Ballot. (Chapter 7, Statutes of 2009-10, Third Extraordinary Session, February 20, 2009)

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Bills including a Mix of Topics

AB 1573 - Elections: Voting: voting materials, vote-by-mail processing
Requires that the Secretary of State be named as a real party in interest in writ proceedings concerning allegations of an error or omission with respect to specific measures and candidates as they appear in ballots and other voting materials. Requires that vote by mail voter observers be permitted close access to observe vote by mail ballot return envelopes and the signatures thereon. (Chapter 548, 2009 Statutes, October 11, 2009)

AB 1717 - Electronic Access to Ballot Materials and Application for Vote-by-Mail
Authorizes county and city elections officials to establish procedures that would allow a voter to opt out of receiving his or her sample ballot and other ballot materials by mail and instead obtain them via electronic means such as e-mail or accessing them from a county’s or city’s Internet Web site under specified conditions. The request to opt out or opt back into receiving these materials by mail must be received before the statutory deadline to mail those materials. The procedures must include a verification process to confirm the voter's identity, either a signature in writing or an electronic submission with a specified identification number. Also, the procedures must establish a process by which a voter can apply electronically to become a vote by mail voter. (Chapter 119, 2010 Statutes, July 19, 2010)

AB 1415 - Voting: Omnibus Bill: registration, vote-by-mail, polling place voting
Provides that a person on probation for the conviction of a felony shall not be eligible to vote, and would require elections officials to cancel the voter registration of persons convicted of a felony upon notification of the conviction from the court . Requires 1) that the vote by mail identification envelope include the last four digits of the voter's drivers license/identification card number or social security number and a security flap that would conceal voter's identification information during mailing. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to waive the fee for an identification card requested to satisfy this provision. The bill would require the elections official to verify the accuracy of the identification information before counting the vote. 2) Allows a vote by mail ballot of a member of the Armed Forced stationed outside of the United States to be postmarked on or before election day and received by the elections official no later than 21 days after election day. Requires that person who desires to vote at a polling place to show specified proof of identification. The bill would authorize a person who does not have proof of identification to vote a provisional ballot after completing an affidavit under penalty of perjury that he or she is a registered voter. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to waive the fee for an identification card requested for satisfying the voter identification requirement. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')

Related bills:
SB 370 - similar provisions
AB 1340, AB 1367, SB 582 - vote-by-mail deadline for special absentee voters
AB 1356, SB 465 - identification at polls
AB 1308, SB 631 - registration of felons on probation
AB 1424 - identification envelope for vote-by-mail ballot

SB 370 - Voting: Omnibus Bill: registration, vote-by-mail, polling place voting
Provides that a person on probation for the conviction of a felony shall not be eligible to vote, and would as of January 1, 2011, require elections officials to cancel their voter registration upon notice from the court of the conviction. Requires 1) that the vote by mail identification envelope include the last four digits of the voters' driver's license/identification card number or social security number and a security flap/sleeve to conceal the voter's signature and identifying information during mailing. The bill would require the elections official to verify the accuracy of that information before counting the vote. 2) Also specifies that a vote by mail ballot of a member of the United States Armed Forces who is an “absent uniformed services voter”, as defined, shall be timely cast if postmarked or signed and dated by election day and received by the elections official no later than 21 days after election day. Requires a person who desires to vote at a polling place to show specified proof of identification. The bill would authorize a person who does not have proof of identification to vote a provisional ballot after completing an affidavit under penalty of perjury that he or she is a registered voter. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to waive the fee for an identification card requested for satisfying the voter identification requirement. (did not pass house of origin by January 31, 2010 - officially 'died')  

Related bills:
AB 1415 - similar provisions
AB 1340, AB 1367, SB 582 - vote-by-mail deadline for special absentee voters
AB 1356, SB 465 - identification at polls
AB 1308, SB 631 - registration of felons on probation
AB 1424 - identification envelope for vote-by-mail ballot

AB 1133 - Voting: Incentives/Intimidation: Penalties: registration, voting
Imposes penalties of imprisonment on 1) a person or committee who attempts to influence a voter through the use of money, gifts, loans or other valuable consideration, or through the use of force or coercion, to register to vote or to vote at an election and 2) a person who receives gifts, money, loans, or other valuable consideration in return for registering to vote. Also imposes felony penalties on a person who intimidates or hires another person to intimidate a voter, as specified, into among other things registering to vote and voting at an election. (Failed second time in Assembly Committee on Public Safety - January 12, 2010)

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